The Los Angeles Times has this major story about Marianne Williamson, who is an independent candidate in California’s 33rd district this year.
Even though she holds herself out as an independent candidate, California election officials will not print “independent” on the ballot next to her name. She is forced to have “no party preference” next to her name, even though she has said that if she is elected she will caucus with the Democrats. Obviously she does prefer the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. Most independents do prefer one party; few independents sincerely have absolutely no preference for any party. Thanks to AroundtheCapitol for the link.